As HVAC technicians, we often harp on indoor air quality. Indoor air quality is one of the most important things that often gets overlooked or misunderstood by homeowners. The two most important aspects of indoor air quality are filtration and humidity. Filtration is easier to deal with than humidity since it takes special equipment that reduces the moisture content of the air.
At Tiger Temperature, we are indoor air quality specialists. We’ve helped hundreds of customers fight the Louisiana humidity with whole-home dehumidifiers in Thibodaux. Put our experience to work for you and keep your home safe from excess humidity.
In addition to humidity, we can help improve air quality with filter replacement and air cleaners. Be sure to ask how today!
How Does a Dehumidifier Work?
A dehumidifier is like a miniature air conditioner. Just like water condensing on a cold drink, warm, moist air will condense its water vapor onto a cold surface.
During operation, warm air is drawn into the dehumidifier. Inside the dehumidifier is a coil that is similar to the evaporator coil in an air conditioner. The coil is cooled by expanding refrigerant. As the air passes over the cooled coil, moisture condenses from gas to a liquid and drains away. The dry air is then pumped into the ductwork of your existing central HVAC system to be distributed throughout the home.
Air conditioners also reduce humidity inside the home, but in humid environments, it may not remove enough moisture to keep the home comfortable. Dehumidifiers work to help the air conditioner remove excess humidity without altering the temperature of the air so that dehumidifiers can work year round without negatively affecting energy bills.
Common Signs of Excess Humidity
Excess humidity may not seem like a big deal but it can have huge implications. It may not be the first thing that people notice when they walk into your house but over time occupants will start to notice that the air feels stuffy and stagnant. Some of the other signs that you have excess humidity are:
- Poor air quality
- Mold growth
- Clammy feeling
- High utility bills
- Damaged wood flooring or furniture
- Chronic allergies
- Musty odors
Professional Dehumidifier Installation
Lots of people try portable dehumidifiers before trying a whole-home system. Portable dehumidifiers are good and help get humidity under control but they can be a hassle to remember to empty the bucket, sometimes multiple times a day. Whole-home units are designed to operate with minimal maintenance on behalf of the homeowner.
A whole-home dehumidifier hooks directly into your existing central AC system. It is controlled by a device similar to a thermostat so you can set it at the desired point and it will operate automatically. The condensation will drain away with no work required on your part.
Despite the electricity used to run the dehumidifier, many people notice their cooling bills go down. Humid air feels warmer than dry air, so homeowners can actually allow the thermostat to sit several degrees higher than normal and the air will feel better than it previously did.
Of course, you need the correct thermostat installed to ensure you’re making the most of your new unit. Be sure to ask about our smart thermostat options today!
Why Choose Tiger Temperature
In our 15 years of service to the people of Thibodaux, we have a great track record for customer service. Our knowledge has helped hundreds of customers increase the comfort of their homes and lower their energy bills. Let us help you with our honest, upfront pricing for new installations and maintenance programs so you can maximize the value of your equipment.